Before we get to the marriages and the babies in the baby’s carriages, here’s a brief introduction to The O.C. The show first aired 15 years ago and was set in Newport Beach, Orange Country. It centred around four teenagers: the bad-boy-turned-good Ryan Atwood, the neurotic and talkative Seth Cohen, the drunken hot mess Marissa Cooper, and the outspoken and often snobby Summer Roberts. After a life of trouble in Chino, Ryan narrowly escaped juvie thanks to a lawyer with fantastically thick eyebrows named Sandy Cohen.
Sandy then took Ryan into his seemingly-perfect home. But we soon learn the Cohen-Nichol-Cooper clan is stricken with family dramas. The show was melodramatic, comedic, and super edgy for its time. After The O.C. became wildly popular all over the world, it was super meta from the second season onwards. For example, this scene where Cohen makes fun of Ryan’s awful outfit from Season 1:
The wife-beater and choker combo may have been cringeworthy but it sure got a lot of action.
And not just on The O.C., actor Benjamin McKenzie also uses the seductive powers of a wife-beater on Gotham on his onscreen love interest and real-life wife.
Yes that’s right, this just in – Gotham costars Ben McKenzie and Morena Baccarin had a small wedding last Friday which also doubled as the bride’s 38th birthday celebration. That’s some birthday present!
The ceremony took place in Brooklyn Botanical Gardens in New York. Not unlike their secretive onscreen romance, their nuptials were completely hidden from social media. The couple only revealed their marriage today. Well played guys, well played.
The newlyweds also have a 1-year-old daughter named Frances Laiz Setta Schenkkan, who takes McKenzie’s birth surname. You may recognise Baccarin from several sci-fi series, but most notably, she plays the female lead in Deadpool.
Baccarin may be one “hot chick” but recently on The Late Late Show with James Corden, McKenzie confessed that he missed a chance with her years ago on the set of The O.C. “I apparently blew her off”, he admitted, “So I’m thinking, ‘What kind of idiot would blow off this gorgeous, beautiful, sophisticated, intelligent, successful woman?’ Then I thought of what kind of boy I was at 25, and [I was] that kind of idiot.” He may have been an idiot at the time, but who didn’t have a crush on his character Ryan?
And how are the other three members of The O.C.‘s awesome foursome?
Rachel Bilson aka Summer Roberts dated her onscreen boyfriend Adam Brody aka Seth Cohen for several years and even co-parented a dog with him. But these days, she is with Star Wars‘ Hayden Christensen. The couple met on the set of the 2008 film Jumper and celebrated their 10 year anniversary last month. They also have a daughter named Briar Rose.
Adam Brody who played Cohen is now married to Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meester (who looks eerily like his ex Rachel Bilson and also had a similar start to her career…). The couple have a daughter named Arlo.
It seems like Adam Brody goes for women who kind of look like him.
So three out of the four O.C. darlings have long-term partners and a daughter. But what of Marissa Cooper? Well, the actress Mischa Barton has had a troublesome life in the spotlight and is yet to get married or have a child.
But never fear, Barton is reportedly dating an Australian model named James Abercrombie, who is the son of Andrew Abercrombie, a former Victorian Liberal Party treasurer. Barton’s new boyfriend is set to inherit roughly $574 million. So take that haters.